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Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon - Scourge Of The Wilderness

by CBS



The program was an adventure series about Sergeant Frank Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police and his lead sled dog, Yukon King, as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890's. Preston first joined the Mounties to capture his father's killer and when he was successful he was promoted to Sergeant.

Preston's staunchest ally, who was arguably the true star of the show and indeed often did more work than he did, was the brave Alaskan husky, Yukon King. Typical plots involved the pair helping injured trappers, tracking down smugglers or saving cabin dwellers from wolverines. Although he was known to ride a horse now and then, generally Yukon King and his dog team were the key mode of transportation (as signalled by Preston's cry of "On, King! On, you huskies!")

The show started out on radio, in 1938, but switched over to CBS television in 1955. The series lasted from September 29th, 1955 to September 25th, 1958, and ran for a total of 78 episodes. The first two seasons were produced by Trendle-Campbell-Meurer and the show was broadcast in the same time slot as ABC's The Lone Ranger. In it's last season, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon was purchased and produced by the Jack Wrather Corporation.

"Scourge Of The Wilderness"
Season 2
Episode 18

An Indian Chief declares war on a lumber camp that has been set up on the tribe's land.

Starring:
Dick Simmons..........Sgt. Frank Preston
Preston's Dog..........Yukon King
Preston's Horse..........Rex the Horse

Guest Cast:
George Mather..........Ted Wilson
Harry Tyler..........Lafe Wilson
Robert Carson..........Dan Grady
John Craven..........Al Stone
Russ Conklin..........Taranga
House Peters Jr...........Monk Larson


Run time 25:48
Producer CBS
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: lredman1 - - June 2, 2012
Subject: richgoup apparently knows nothing
richgoup, in addition to being an atrocious speller and/or typist, you are woefully ignorant.

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Yukon included:

The Chipewyan (Dene)
The Gwich'in
The Han
The Kaska
The Slavey
The Tagish
The Tanana
The Tlingit
The Tutchone

And please, "Eskimo" is considered by most to be an insulting term, with "Inuit" being much preferred.

I remember this series fondly from my childhood, and wish there were more episodes posted.
Reviewer: richgoup - - January 28, 2012
Subject: Scourge of The wilderness
Sergeant Preston of The Yukon.
Season 2, episode 18.
Oribinal air date: 11 January 1957.
Cast: Richard Simmons (Sgt. Preston), Yukon King (King), John Craven (Al Stone), House Peters Jr. (Monk Larson), Rus Conklin (Chief Taranga), Robert Carson (Dan Grady), Harry Tyler (Lafe Wilson) and George Mather (Ted Wilson).
From IMDB.
There is no Indians in Yukon; thre is Eskimos.
Reviewer: The Bridge - - December 3, 2010
Subject: A very good series
I enjoyed every episode I saw. Good stories, and good acting.
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